Hefei–Fuzhou High-Speed Railway

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Hefei-Fuzhou
High Speed Railway
合福高速铁路
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Hefei-Fuzhou Railroad.svg
Overview
Status Under Construction
Locale Xi'an
Chengdu
Termini Xi'an North
Chengdu
Services 1
Operation
Operator(s) China Railway High-speed
Technical
Line length 806 km (501 mi)
Track gauge 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Operating speed 250Km/h
Hefei-Fuzhou Railway
Line length: 806 km (501 mi)
Track gauge: 1,435 mm (4 ft 8 12 in)
Maximum speed: 200 km/h (124 mph)
Hefei
Changlinhe
Chaohu
Wuwei
Tongling
Nanling
Jingxian
Jingde
Jixi
Huangshan
Anhui / Jiangxi border
Wuyuan
Shanghai–Kunming High-Speed Railway to Shanghai Hongqiao
Shangrao
Shanghai–Kunming High-Speed Railway to Kunming
Jiangxi / Fujian border
Wuyishan
Jianou
Gutian
Nanping
Mingqing
Fuzhou

Hefei–Fuzhou High-Speed Railway (simplified Chinese: 合福高速铁路; traditional Chinese: 合福高速鐵路; pinyin: Héfú Gāosù Tiělù), is a dual-track, electrified, passenger-dedicated, high-speed rail line, under construction in eastern China. The line is named after its two terminal cities, Hefei and Fuzhou. It has a total length of 806 kilometres and runs through Anhui, Jiangxi and Fujian province.[1] Construction began on April 27, 2010 and is slated to be completed in 2014.[2] The line will require total investment of about ¥109.8 billion.[3] Trains will reach top speeds of 250 kilometres per hour on this line. Travel time by train from Hefei to Fuzhou will be reduced from fourteen to four hours. The railway is part of the future Beijing–Taipei High-Speed Rail Corridor.

Cities and towns along route include Changlinhe, Chaohu, Wuwei, Tongling, Nanling, Jingxian, Jingde, Jixi and Huangshan in Anhui, Wuyuan and Shangrao in Jiangxi, and Wuyishan, Jianou, Gutian, Nanping and Minqing in Fujian.

The Hefu passenger-dedicated line (PDL) constitutes a portion of the proposed Beijing-Taipei High Speed Railway, which would tunnel under the Taiwan Strait from Fuzhou to the island of Taiwan. The northern section of this project is being built as the section of the Beijing-Shanghai PDL from Beijing to Bengbu. From Bengbu, a high-speed rail spur (opened on 2012-10-16), extends to Hefei,[4][5] supporting 4 hour travel time from Beijing South Railway Station to Hefei.[6] The Hefu PDL would then extend the line from Hefei to Fuzhou on the western shores of the Taiwan Strait. Political differences between mainland China and Taiwan complicate plans to extend the line by tunnel to Taipei.

Route[edit]

The Hefu PDL connects the plains of central China and the southeastern coast. It is one of several projects that the Chinese government has undertaken to develop rail infrastructure along the western shores of the Taiwan Strait. Most of the line runs through mountainous regions, including scenic areas of Huangshan and Wuyi Mountains, both UNESCO World Heritage Sites. Of the 339.4 km of tracks in Anhui, 81.6% will be laid on bridges and in tunnels.[1] The longest of the line's 170 bridges and 54 tunnels will be the Tongling Yangtze River Railroad Bridge at 52.05 km.[1]

History[edit]

The intersection of the Hefei-Fuzhou and Shanghai–Kunming High-Speed Railways in Shangrao in February 2014.

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